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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 29, 2010 7:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weir Solos

Some of Weir's best guitar moments are preserved on official releases. One particularly brilliant passage is during the Hard to Handle from 4/29/71. Jer would often leave a space for Weir during performances of this song in 1971 (8/6/71 contains a very nice Weir lead as well).

Weir proved he had real chops in early 1968. There is a brief but dynamite segment on DP #22 from 2/23/68 where Bob brilliantly counter-points Jerry during a blistering performance of The Other One.

New Speedway Boogie offered an opportunity for Bob to slash some leads as well. Perhaps no better example of this than the performance on Fallout From the Phil Zone from 5/1/70...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-05-01.sbd.miller.95683.sbeok.flac16

Weir really came into his own ripping leads as the segue between China Cat and IKYR developed. The best examples of this might be from 1973/1974, but I have always loved Weir's playing during the China/Rider from Radio Luxembourg (5/16/72)...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-16.sbd.unknown.10353.sbeok.shnf

Jer frequently broke strings (particularly during 1969), giving Weir some chances to cover for Jerry while the crew worked on his guitar. The first three minutes of the extraordinary performance of the Eleven from 2/12/69 feature some fantastic slashing leads by Weir...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-02-12.sbd-late.cotsman.6285.sbeok.shnf

One of my favorite Weir guitar passages is from Eyes of the World on 12/18/73. Jerry is mysteriously absent for a segment starting around 6:38, leading to a rather brilliant passage featuring some incredible interplay between Bobby and both Phil and Keith...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-12-18.sbd.miller.97511.sbeok.flac16

Great thread! Lets hear some more favorite Weir leads!

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Oct 29, 2010 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weir Solos

Thanks Cliff.
I will definitely be checking these out.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 29, 2010 11:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weir Solos

Thanks a ton. Do you have a PhD in grateful dead? You should. (You and a few others.) I'll plan to complete this course of study this weekend, hopefully.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Oct 29, 2010 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weir Solos

Nice little breakdown there. Thanks CH.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 30, 2010 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weir Solos

"Weir really came into his own ripping leads as the segue between China Cat and IKYR developed. The best examples of this might be from 1973/1974, but I have always loved Weir's playing during the China/Rider from Radio Luxembourg (5/16/72)..."


Still on my quest re: China Riders - this one is way up there ... thanks.